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    Gary L Lee President

    Passion and energy fuel Gary’s pursuit of perfection in design. With his innate ability to communicate a vision for projects, Gary convinces others to join him as he reaches well beyond the anticipated to produce consistently exceptional work. The trust he engenders in the extended team is built on a thorough understanding of good design. At Gary Lee Partners, Design 101 begins with a sense of how the environment will function for the client’s business, with how the space will feel, and with planning that considers rhythm and volume before style.

    If the process is the foundation for the work, it is Gary’s mastery of detail that allows him to deliver a signature sensibility across a wide range of design projects. A rich portfolio of memorable spaces and evocative details have earned Gary accolades and awards that include the prestigious Interiors Designer of the Year and membership in the highly selective Interior Design Hall of Fame. He is equally respected by the clients who often return with multiple assignments and by a loyal team of collaborators who have worked closely with him for years.

    Though many claim that Gary is a natural designer, he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus on Interior and Graphic Design at the University of Michigan School of Architecture and Design. “The strength of the work — our legacy — is that we see the smallest detail as representative of the entire project. And we keep working until it is a seamless, elegant whole.''

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    David Grout Principal

    As the firm’s Design Principal, David is an advocate for the client and for design. He recognizes that the best solutions are those that fully exploit the possibilities of design in service to the client’s requirements. David understands the value of the big idea that guides even the small decisions on sophisticated projects for smart and demanding clients. As a result he consistently leads the project team, which includes clients, architects, interior designers, consultants, and contractors to achieve facilities that set the benchmarks for the entire profession.

    As part of the agile team at GLP, David is equally adept at managing the process as he is at finding the creative solution to the design of environments that range from corporations and law firms to private residences. His design talents have also helped to shape furniture collections for Knoll Studio’s Lee Lounge Collection, FCI, and the Holly Hunt Indigo Collection. David received his Bachelor of Science from the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Arizona State University.

    “Working with people you admire, respect and trust, allows you to do your very best. It makes a real difference. And that’s what we bring to our clients.''

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    Leann Lazzari Principal

    With more than 25 years of financial management and administrative experience in the design industry, Leann is the principal in charge of the firm’s finance and administration. She is responsible for assuring the realization of profit objectives and long-term financial stability for GLP. Her greatest success lies in her ability to integrate project management, financial management, information technology, and administration in a manner that not only benefits the firm but also significantly impacts individual projects. Prior to joining GLP in 1994, Leann was a financial manager at the national design firm ISD.

    In addition to her work as a financial professional, Leann co-founded a non-profit organization, Almost Home Kids, which provides a continuum of care for children dependent upon medical technology. As a result of her experience caring for a son with special healthcare needs, Leann felt that there was an unmet need in the community for such an organization. Almost Home Kids receives on-going support from Ronald McDonald House Charities and currently serves as a model for care throughout the country.

    Leann’s education includes the Academy of Merchandising NS Design in Chicago and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in Boston. Leann remains actively involved in community projects and has won several awards for her contributions, including her election as a “Local Hero'' by the American Red Cross in 2004 and winner of the Community Impact Award in Chicago.

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    Tim Salisbury, AIA Principal

    An architect for three decades, Tim oversees quality assurance and technical coordination on all GLP projects. His profound knowledge of building infrastructures and systems, competency, and project execution make him an invaluable resource for clients, co-workers, and consultants. Tim’s recent clients include BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois, McDermott Will & Emery, Winston & Strawn, The Boston Consulting Group, and Faegre Baker Daniels.

    Prior to joining GLP, Tim worked as an architect at Skidmore Owings & Merrill, Murphy/Jahn, ISD, ISI, Torchia Associates, and VOA Associates.

    Tim graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and is a registered architect in Illinois.

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    Ashley Balda Designer

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    Emma Mitchell Junior Designer

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    Catie Sterling Designer

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    Felipe Gonzalez Project Coordinator, Chai Ming Studios

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    Erickson Dockery Office Coordinator

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    Noel Morical Business Office Administrator

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    Kelsey Golojuch Senior Designer

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    Sydney Jones Junior Designer

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    Michelle Blackburn Senior Designer

    Michelle’s approach to interior design hinges on her application of creativity to daily life. Far from a means to merely improve a space’s look, she uses design to elevate its function, working in conjunction with aesthetics to create a memorable experience. In this way, her personal philosophy gels perfectly with Gary Lee Partners’ ethos, which has always relied on the client’s goals as a guide, rather than current trends or styles.

    Before joining Gary Lee Partners, Michelle received a Bachelor of Arts from Purdue University in 2017 and worked as an interior design intern at Leffler Simes Architects in Sydney, Australia and Savvy Décor in Indianapolis.

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    Trey Byrom Designer

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    Ron Chan Designer

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    Melissa Smith LEED AP Director

    Melissa is a firm believer that thoughtful and creative design can improve our daily lives in subtle ways. She has shown this with her experience in the hospitality sector, where she developed conceptual ideas for football stadium expansions and entertainment lounges. Her professional pursuits within interior design began in Kansas City, Missouri, where she worked for Populous and HOK (formerly 360 Architects). She brings to Gary Lee Partners a keen eye for detail and a strong sense of what makes an interior concept shine.

    Melissa earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Environmental Interior Design from the University of Kansas, where she graduated with the highest distinction.

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    Brittany Dismond Designer

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    Heidi Lightner, AIA Architect

    Heidi believes that collaboration among the client, design team, and consultants yields the most inspired design solutions. She values the entire design process, approaching each project with energy and creativity—developing a concept that is reinforced throughout the project process, from initial sketches through construction.

    Heidi joined Gary Lee Partners following internships with Booth Hansen and Arcturis, where she worked on hospitality, retail, education, civic, and residential projects. Select clients include 1100 North State Retail and Restaurant, a private country club summer house on Chicago’s North Shore, and the World Chess Club Museum & Hall of Fame in St. Louis.

    Heidi is a registered Architect in Illinois. She earned her Master of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Ball State University.

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    Heidi Johnson Designer

    Heidi designs spaces that are centered around how people interact with their environment. She believes a successful design responds to how people use the space while simultaneously maintaining high-quality asthetics. She is passionate about improving the quality of the environment in which her clients work or live.

    Heidi's has interned at the Planning Department at the University of Illinois, as well as the Design and Construction Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In these positions she analyzed space utilization, updated floor plans, and organized archived drawings.

    She earned her Master of Architecture with an emphasis in Interior Architecture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has participated in study abroad programs in France at the École nationale supérieure d’architecture de Versailles and Japan.

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    Chloe Langefeld, LEED AP Designer

    Chloe’s attention to detail and dedication throughout the design process are recognized on all of her projects. She works on projects at various stages, addressing all details, and ensuring that all of the client’s needs are met.

    Prior to joining GLP, Chloe worked on projects at Kara Mann Design and Holly Hunt. She is a LEED Accredited Professional and a member of the Architectural Woodwork Institute.

    Chloe graduated from Miami University of Ohio and received a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design (emphasis on interdisciplinary, collaborative experience, and design studio) with a concentration in entrepreneurship. While at Miami University, Chloe also studied at the Interior Design Department based in Florence, Italy.

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    Chantal Lapointe, NCIDQ + LEED AP Director

    Chantal has honed her design and management experience over many years of successful, high-end projects. Her instincts for timeless design are layered with cutting-edge technology and a sharp sense of what is possible within each space.

    Although she is an expert in all aspects of the design process, she feels at her best during the documentation phase of each project – assembling each piece like a puzzle as she works to develop construction documents down to the finest detail.

    Chantal graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Design. She is a LEED certified designer and possesses a NCIDQ Certificate. Her recent projects include over 11 floors of high-end commercial interiors in Chicago’s River Point tower, including the highly-acclaimed offices of global law firm McDermott Will & Emery.

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    Anne Lukan Designer

    Anne is a motivated and driven designer who provides thoughtful and fresh perspectives. She strives to create meaningful environments by keeping the big picture in mind, while paying attention to the small details.

    Prior to joining GLP, Anne received her Master’s degree in Architecture with an emphasis in Interior Architecture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has designed many public art installation exhibits in Chicago as well as in Japan, where she studied abroad.

    She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Art History from the University of California at Santa Barbara and completed an architectural internship at Street Dixon Rick (now Orcutt Winslow) in Nashville, Tennessee.

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    Hayley Kauffmann Designer

    Hayley brings her bright, thoughtful attitude to Gary Lee Partners, creating beautiful spaces that enhance quality of life and work efficiency for their inhabitants. She adapts her vision to the needs, character and style of each client, using her resourcefulness and collaborative spirit. Hayley designs using everything from the latest technology to hand sketches offering clients responsiveness, quality and value.

    Prior to joining the team at Gary Lee Partners, Hayley served as Design Associate at Niedermaier Chicago, and interned for both Donghia New York and BHDP Architecture Cincinnati. She donated her time to design the Defeat ALS sunflower symbol for the ALS Association, raising awareness of their ongoing efforts to eliminate Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Hayley graduated with departmental honors from Miami University in Ohio, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design.

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    Cassandra Mruk, NCIDQ + LEED AP+ID+C Director

    Cassie’s passion for interior design has led to an impressive portfolio of high-end commercial interiors, most notably global law firms across multiple cities and private investment firms. Her ability to produce sophisticated interior concepts while managing the many complex layers of her projects has made her invaluable to our firm.

    Over the course of her career, Cassie has found an affinity for communicating design to those who do not share her background. She knows how to make the complexities of interior design palatable for her clients, empowering them to make more informed decisions. This passion for combining design with a firm’s branding goals for her clients’ top leaders has allowed her to grow as one of the firm’s most effective advocates.

    Cassie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from the University of Cincinnati, and is certified by both LEED and NCIDQ.

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    Andrew Monaghan, LEED AP + Assoc. AIA Senior Designer

    Andrew Monaghan brings over 12 years of experience to Gary Lee Partners. His diverse portfolio includes significant corporate, civic, and higher education projects across the country. As an interior designer, Andrew works closely with clients to translate programmatic needs into beautiful, elegantly detailed interior spaces that support healthy working, living, and learning environments. With a creative vision and in-depth understanding of sustainable design, Andrew develops unique, respectful spaces meaningful to both the client and end users.

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    Samantha Radice Designer

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    Anna Serio Design Intern

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    Lidija Lillie Junior Designer

    Having always explored artistic endeavors, Lidija brings creative concepts into every-day design. She is passionate about creating healthier and more sustainable environments and focuses on how a design impacts the surrounding community in addition to serving its direct users.

    Prior to joining the design team at Gary Lee Partners, Lidija interned with TowerPinkster Architects in Kalamazoo, Michigan and served as a lead designer with Amber Golob Interiors in Chicago. Lidija graduated from Columbia College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture. She volunteers her time with ASID Illinois, serving on multiple committees, and works with Habitat for Humanity in her spare time.

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    Brianna Schroer Design Intern

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    Katie Merrilees Designer

    Katie believes that inspiring people with the space around them is the most rewarding aspect of design. By allowing people to engage with their surroundings, designers ultimately promote meaningful social interaction and communication. In order to create truly inspiring spaces, Katie recommends keeping your eyes open to unexpected opportunities and perspectives.

    Before joining Gary Lee Partners, Katie had worked as an intern at Gensler’s San Francisco office and in the Chicago office of Kadlec Architecture + Design. Katie also worked as a design assistant at MKG NYC, a well-known experiential marketing agency, where she helped promote various brands and ideas in innovative, exciting ways. This experience gave her a unique outlook on the possibilities of spatial design.

    Katie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from the University of Cincinnati and was selected to participate in an architectural tour of Europe for one semester.

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    Todd Rowe Burger Designer

    The best designs, in Todd’s opinion, are accomplished when the needs of a client are filtered through an expert designer, producing a space that is not only functional but visually stimulating. He imbues his work with a strong sense of character and a clarity that is seen and felt within the space, bringing it to life while maintaining the integrity of its function.

    Prior to joining the design team at Gary Lee Partners, Todd was intern for the firm, as well as the Scalamandre showroom in Chicago. He graduated from Harrington College of Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design.

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    Meahgan Pearson ASID Designer

    Meahgan’s ability to leverage her past experiences with hospitality and residential design allows her to execute projects in an efficient manner. Her sincere passion and drive to create beautiful, functional spaces is a direct reflection of the inspiration she finds in the architecture, diversity, and rich artistic community in her hometown of Chicago. She believes that interior design has great potential to alter individuals' health, experiences, and work habits and incorporates this approach into her design for each project.

    Prior to joining the team at Gary Lee Partners, Meahgan served as a Junior Designer at Suzan Hadaway Design, and interned at the Chicago office of Looney & Associates. She spent time at Purdue University, before completing her Interior Architecture degree from Columbia College Chicago. She is active in volunteering her time on ASID Illinois’ Emerging Professionals Committee and volunteers for Chicago’s French Bulldog Rescue.

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    Todd Webb AIA Director

    Todd is driven to create new experiences through the built environment. His passion for architecture and design stems from digging into the process, exploring materiality, and searching in unusual places for inspiration. As a strong advocate of editing, he understands that the right solution is a combination of insight, careful execution, and mindful revision.

    Having worked on high-end commercial and residential spaces, as well as custom furniture design, Todd’s skill set is right at home at Gary Lee Partners. His combination of design and technical experience allow him to work on a wide variety of projects and phases. With a sharp focus on creating fresh and unrecognizable concepts that are both surprising and thoughtfully organized, Todd pushes boundaries and defies expectations.

    Before joining Gary Lee Partners, Todd worked as an associate in the Chicago office of Solomon Cordwell Buenz after nineteen years at Dirk Denison Architects. He earned his undergraduate and master’s degree in architecture from the University of Michigan.

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    Georgina Kokalias Junior Designer

    Georgina Kokalias was exposed to design at a young age. She grew up among of family of architects and designers, which helped to develop a strong passion for the field. Always up for a creative challenge, Georgina believes that design has the power to create a lasting impact while positively influencing users in the now.

    Georgina graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design. Prior to joining the design team at Gary Lee Partners, she interned at Axios Architects & Consultants, gaining valuable knowledge to launch her career in the design industry.

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    Marisa Smith Junior Designer

    Marisa graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design. She began her career at DMAC Architecture where she honed her technical skills working on projects for athletic clubs. Involved in both the design and construction document process, Marisa has a keen focus on detail. She has experience working with universal design, ADA, and codes.

    Known as the ‘Material Master,’ Marisa has a love of materials. She is inspired by how and where they have an impact on the mission of an individual project as well as how specific materials are produced.

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    Erin Kelly Junior Designer

    Erin views design as a very important aspect of everyday life. She believes it can strongly impact the way people feel and interact with their environment. With experience working on interdisciplinary teams on a variety of projects for corporate, higher education, retail, and hospitality, she is well-versed in the world of design. Erin’s professional career demonstrates a number of valuable skills that she has applied to creating unique projects that clearly communicate design intention, critical thought, problem solving and holistic design.

    Erin graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design.

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    Jill Weinberg Designer

    Jill sees interior design as an art form that can be physically experienced, treating it as a craft that can have memorable and meaningful impacts on people’s lives. Her people-centered approach to design means she sees the space through the eyes of its end-user, focusing on how a person would functionally use and experience it. Over the course of her career, she has developed a deep interest in creative solutions for brand identity, experiential design, and sustainability.

    Jill earned her Bachelor in Science in interior Design with a minor in Architecture from the University of Minnesota.

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    Kim Blomquist Manager, Marketing + Communications

    Kim oversees the firm’s presence online, with the media, and as part of the community while supporting new business initiatives. Prior to joining the firm, she led marketing for a national fine art auction house and spent time in business development at a global public relations service provider. Kim believes that information should be shaped with the same care and responsibility that Gary Lee Partners puts forth in designing spaces and shared in a way that positively engages audiences. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with a minor in Art History from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (go Illini!). In addition to art and design, her passions include music, literature, and the outdoors.

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    Katey Flynn Procurement Services Director

    Skilled in leadership and communication, Katey brings her gift for delegation to Gary Lee Partners. As head of the procurement department, she oversees furniture orders as well as managing furniture vendor and client relations for GLP’s residential and hospitality groups. Blending her background in textiles and efficient organization, she is an asset to the firm.

    Katey retains a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In her spare time she enjoys creating fiber art pieces.

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    Mary Cate Kuhl Procurement Services Coordinator

    Mary Cate enjoys finding creative solutions to every challenge. She brings to Gary Lee Partners’ procurement department a close attention to detail and a dedication to client service. As the firm’s procurement services coordinator, she works on expediting furniture, creating furniture orders, and overseeing installations for residential and hospitality clients.

    Outside the office, this proud Spider from the University of Richmond enjoys sewing and upholstery projects, and volunteers for the OPRF Infant Welfare Society, where she is a member and event chair.

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    Dan Kernkamp, LEED Green Associate, IIDA Furniture Design Director

    Dan holds that successful design is intuitive, functional, and elegant, acting as both a reflection and a definition of the user’s personality. Forward-thinking but always mindful of tradition, Dan delivers thoughtfully designed, well engineered custom furniture.

    Before joining the team at GLP, Dan served as Technical Director for Pierre-Yves Rochon, and Project Manager and Designer for Holly Hunt – both in Chicago. He retains a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

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    Travis Koss Senior Designer

    Travis’ approach to furniture design is rooted in the Bauhaus style, where fine arts and crafts meet functional design. Having studied industrial design at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) under such renowned figures as Felicia Ferrone, Ted Burdett, Craighton Berman, and TJ O’Keefe, he seeks to apply art and sophistication to an otherwise technical field.

    Outside the office, Travis complements his artistic pursuits through painting, an activity he has cultivated since childhood. He was also instrumental in the design of the Beton Coffee Vessel, which was successfully funded via Kickstarter in 2015.

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    Carey Lennox Business Manager

    Carey Lennox joined Gary Lee Partners after twenty years at renowned furniture giant Holly Hunt, where she thrived across many roles, often working directly with the founder. She brings to Chai Ming Studios an incredible breadth of experience across disciplines, from accounting and operations to marketing and public relations outreach efforts. Her focus on creating lasting partnerships, along with her tenacity and industry experience, have been indispensable assets for the management and health of Gary Lee Partners’ custom furniture enterprise.

    Carey graduated Cum Laude from Middlebury College and is involved in various community organizations throughout Chicago. Prior to starting her career at Holly Hunt, she worked in musical agencies in New York and Verona, where she immersed herself in the world of classical music and opera.

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    Thomas Williams VP Sales, Marketing & Development, Chai Ming Studios

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    Julianna Hood Business Manager

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    Lisa Haenisch Principal

    Lisa brings to Gary Lee Partners 23 years of accounting, administrative and business management experience. Her familiarity with the design industry, versatile skill set, and strong work ethic allow her to successfully direct multiple components of the firm’s business tasks. In addition to managing GLP’s administrative and financial departments, she oversees the development and operations of Chai Ming Studios and Atelier Gary Lee.

    Lisa earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Loyola University Chicago.

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    Elise Biggers Administrative Coordinator

    Formerly an assistant director within Paris' fashion film industry, Elise firmly believes that detailed coordination can significantly impact the integrity of a great work of art. As Gary Lee Partners' administrative coordinator, Elise supports team members in accounting, human resources and marketing while also streamlining day-to-day logistics for the design team. Elise received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Chicago with a concentration in Romance Languages and Film.

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    Julie Hayes Business Manager

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    April Taylor Manager, Administration + Project Accounting

    April serves as GLP's Manager of Administration + Project Accounting. Prior to joining GLP, she worked as a receptionist for Booth Hansen & Associates and IEG. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Theatre Performance from Indiana University, South Bend.

    April is passionate about theater and has been involved in dramatic and comedic acting for several years. She is active in the theater community in Chicago and can be seen performing in plays around the city.

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